I start off with Cousu Main in the novices’ hurdle (1:20). He’s making a slight step up in trip here but I don’t see that as a problem. He was disappointing last time when I pulled up in very deep ground at Lingfield. He stopped alarmingly quickly which suggested something was amiss with him, but nothing came to light afterwards. He’s won here before and has always had plenty of ability, so if he comes back to form, he’ll go very close.
Dazzling Glory takes the step up to three miles (1:50). We’ve taken the hood off her as we feel she doesn’t need that anymore. It’s quite a competitive little race but hopefully she’s got a good each-way chance.
Midnight River goes in the novices’ handicap chase (2:25). A bit like Cousu Main, hestopped very quickly at Exeter on bad ground. He seems fine since then and I think you can put a line through that run. He’s been schooling well at home and we hope he can get back on track here.
Ch’tibello carries top weight in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle (3:00). He’s an old veteran now really and has been there and done it. I think this trip and track should suit him well. He’s been in quite good form at home and we think he’s nicely handicapped, so we’re hopeful of a good run.
In the Midlands National (3:35) we have Padleyourowncanoe. Tristan Durrell rides, taking seven pounds off, and he goes with a featherweight of nine-stone-seven on his back. He ran well for Tristan at Haydock and then performed okay back over hurdles last time. It’s a competitive race over a marathon trip and you just don’t know if they will stay until they try it. On all known form he’s got to improve, but if he stays the trip then he could run nicely.
Kracka Nut goes in the bumper (5:18). He won quite nicely at Catterick and has had a break since then, as we like to give our bumper horses plenty of time between their first and second runs. He’s got a penalty to shoulder which is difficult in bumpers. I’d like the ground to dry up a bit for him, but he’s in good form and we quite like him.
Bridget has four rides at Kempton and she looks to have several with nice chances.
Rockstar Ronnie (2:05)comes back from a bit of a break. He’ll love the ground and seems really well in himself.
Jay Jay Reilly runs in a very competitive two-mile-five-furlong handicap hurdle (2:40). Dan’s had this race in mind since he won well at Doncaster. He’s won at the track before on good ground, so we know conditions will suit him.
Debece just can’t get into the winners’ enclosure, but he keeps running well. Two-and-a-half-miles around a sharp circuit like this might be what he needs.
Keep an eye out for Rock Legend. I think he’s in a winnable race (1:58). His form has a nice look to it and the ground will suit him. He would have the best chance of our two at Newcastle.